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Daily Blog — This week in the studio

Wednesday 18th April 2018

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Students in ActonArt’s Creative Drawing class were going retro with some pixelated characters!

Often, having restrictions actually helps the creative process! When given too many choices, some students struggle with where to begin. By limiting the shapes, colors and sizes available to them, students had to carefully think about how to translate their regularly drawn characters into pixels!

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ActonArt is on April break!

Monday 16th April 2018

We’ll see you back in the studio Monday, April 23rd!

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Sunday 15th April 2018

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In the Portrait & Style: Cartooning class at ActonArt, students were drawing inspiration from Edward Gorey and Ralph Steadman.

While both these artists work with ink, their styles couldn’t be any more different! Gorey uses an economy of line to create facial features, while Steadman will throw ink around and create drama on the page!

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Friday 13th April 2018

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In the Mixed Media class at ActonArt, students were preparing custom paper with highly technical tools!

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Thursday 12th April 2018

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Our Foundation classes are exploring negative space this week at ActonArt!

In the Basic levels, students are drawing a cat and it’s shadow. By focusing on the space between the legs and bellies, the drawing is actually formed from the feet up!

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Wednesday 11th April 2018

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In Manga 1 at ActonArt, students were looking at the face in profile!

A seemly easy way to draw the face (since you’re “only drawing half”), the profile view offers unique challenges to get proportions correct.

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Tuesday 10th April 2018

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In the Foundations classes of ActonArt this week, students are examining negative space!

In the Intermediate level classes, students are drawing an octopus - who’s eight arms give ample opportunity to use negative space (the “empty” space between areas of the subject) to help get the proportions and composition correctly.

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Monday 9th April 2018

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In the Art Year Program, students at ActonArt have moved onto the Art History and Painting section of the program!

Here we can see students studying the elements of gothic architecture. After looking at some examples, they were tasked with crafting their own structure - first with an overhead view, then one frontal facade. 

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Sunday 8th April 2018

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Another new class at ActonArt: Portrait Drawing - Cartooning

In this portrait-geared class, students will be looking for techniques on how to abstract the face with cartooning. The first class looked at the basics of breaking down the face into shapes, highlighting important features and exaggerating them. 

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Saturday 7th April 2018

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Our fuzzy Dürer friends are scurrying off from ActonArt this week - but we’ll catch you on Monday with something new!

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